Firearms Licensing

The following pages offer advice and guidance for the grant and renewal of Firearms, Shotgun and Explosives Certificates, Registered Firearms Dealers and Home Office Approved Target Shooting Clubs throughout Gwent.

Firearms Licensing is responsible for issuing the following certificates to residents of Gwent:

  • Firearms Certificates
  • Shotgun Certificates
  • Explosives Certificates
  • European Certificates
  • Visitors permits
  • Registered Firearms Dealership Certificates
  • Temporary certificates for shotguns and firearms

Application forms can be downloaded from Online Forms.

Gwent Police hold regular open days for current certificate holders and potential certificate holders at different venues throughout Gwent. In attendance are Firearms Enquiry Officers and Admin Support Staff to assist with any queries. These are advertised on Gwent Police Twitter and Facebook pages.

Further information and guidance can be found using the following links:

Firearms Licensing is based at Gwent Police Headquarters, Croesyceiliog.

The Firearms Licensing department consists of a Senior Firearm Enquiry Officer, five Administration Assistants and three Firearm Enquiry Officers (one of which is also Explosives Liaison Officer).

01495 745445

01495 745446

01495 745340

01495 745462

01495 768458

Phone: Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 16:00

Firearms Certificate Grant £88.00
Firearms Certificate Renewal £62.00
Firearms Certificate Replacement £4.00
Shotgun Certificate Grant £79.50
Shotgun Certificate Renewal £49.00
Shotgun Certificate Replacement £4.00
Shotgun Coterminous Grant £90.00
Shotgun Coterminous Renewal £65.00
Visitor's Firearm Certificate Issue (Single Application) £20.00
Visitor's Firearms Certificate Issue (group of 6 or more) £100.00
Home Office Club Approval £84.00
Registered Firearms Dealer Grant £200.00
Registered Firearms Dealer Renewal £200.00
Registered Firearms Dealer additional place of business £12.00
Registered Firearms Dealers Fairs & Exhibitions £13.00
Firearms Museum Licence Issue & Renewal £200.00

Grant Applications

On all applications for Shotgun and Firearm Certificates there is a question asking: 'Have you been convicted of any offence?' Full details need to be given if the answer to this question is 'Yes'. Below is the guidance on completing this section.


In answering this question you are not entitled to withhold information about any offence. This includes motoring offences, convictions in places outside Great Britain, and (by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offender Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975) convictions which are spent under the 1974 Act. Both a conditional discharge and an absolute discharge count as convictions for this purpose.

Renewal Applications

The same question is asked on all renewal applications and the guidance stands the same however, on renewal, details need only be given of convictions since the existing certificate was issued.